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Big Bossman (1963-2004)

    

Real Name - Raymond Walter Traylor, Jr.
Lifespan - 5/2/63 - 9/23/04
6'6" 310 lbs. - Marietta, GA


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Ted Allen

Professional Background - Mid-Atlantic(`85-`86), UWF(`86), JCP/NWA(`86-`88), All Japan(`88), WWF(`88-`93), All Japan(`93), WCW(`94-`98), WWF/WWE(`98-`02), OVW(`01-`02), Indies(`02-`04), IWA-Japan(`04)

AliasesBig Bubba Rogers, Warmachine, Big Bubba, the Boss, the Guardian Angel, Ray Traylor

Groups - Dungeon of Doom, New World Order, The Corporation, The Corporate Ministry

Peak Years - `88-`94


Finisher(s) - 
Bossman Slam (Spike Slam)

Favorites -
- Spinebuster
- Uppercutt Punch
- Rope Splash
- Big Boot
- Low Blow


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power10 
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Getting into wrestling and picking it up quickly allowed Ray Traylor many opportunities that wouldn't have been given to him otherwise. While not the biggest guy, he was a natural at many aspects of the game. As Big Bubba Rogers and the Big Bossman, he carved a place for himself in the premier companies quickly. He was probably the best worker of his size with only Bam Bam Bigelow as his real challenge in those days. As the Bossman, he was pushed hard immediately and was probably the best big man Hulk Hogan was ever paired with in the WWF. After slimming down and turning babyface, Bossman's game improved, but he was never able to get back near top. Pigeon-holed as an enforcer of sorts, Traylor never managed to shake that gimmick headed come into the business with for long. He bounced between WWF and WCW, never quite getting where he wanted and his body breaking down eventually. After the Big Bossman went out for surgery he was made a trainer/coach in OVW, where his know-how as one of the business's best big men can be passed along. While Ray Traylor is seldom regarded for his exceptional talents, he is definitely one of the best of his size to date.
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